Muscular Strength vs Muscular Endurance: Why both are important

Muscle strength is about how much force a muscle can generate in a single, maximal effort – think of an Olympic weightlifter pressing 1,000 pounds overhead. Where muscle strength is about force production, muscle endurance, on the other hand, is about time – meaning for how long a muscle can continue to produce force.

One illustration of muscle strength versus endurance is with running. A 100-meter sprint is all pure muscle strength; whereas running a 26.2-mile marathon is about muscular endurance.

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